from coronavirus AND the pandemic panic?
When Number One son was a toddler, we realized he was watching too much television network news, filled as it was with war, hurricanes, and plane crashes. Our intelligent little boy was becoming a little worry wart. As a corrective, we noted that mommy at that very moment was preparing our favorite meal and so were a million mommies across the world but none of that would make the news because abnormal is the news — the man-bites-dog thing.
(When my own dear mother died around that time, No. #1 Son asked my mother-in-law to take over her duties. Everyone should have a mommy.)
However great the medical threat, is there any doubt that at least part of the Resistance Media’s wall-to-wall coverage of coronavirus is driven by its hatred of Donald Trump?
Don’t believe it? Fallen down the memory hole is Nancy Pelosi leading a parade through Chinatown, “hugging and waving,” saying All Is Well in Pavlovian response to that Orange Meanie Trump, who had just closed off pandemic-ridden China because … “racism.”
Friday’s Reopen Wisconsin rally 04-24-2020
“We know that fake news travels faster than true news. So in the current environment, unfortunately, we have generated a very heavily panic-driven, horror-driven, death-reality-show type of situation.” So says Dr. John Ioannidis, a professor at Stanford’s School of Medicine, interviewed in today’s Wall Street Journal.
He notes that Covid-19 is far less deadly than modelers were assuming. … The U.S. fatality rate could be as low as 0.025% to 0.625% and put the upper bound at 0.05% to 1% — comparable to that of seasonal flu.
“If that is the true rate,” he wrote, “locking down the world with potentially tremendous social and financial consequences may be totally irrational. It’s like an elephant being attacked by a house cat. Frustrated and trying to avoid the cat, the elephant accidentally jumps off a cliff and dies.”
⇒ “No bump in COVID-19 rates after Wisconsin’s April 7 election, study says.” (More here.)
Is it possible to be too careful?
Which is to say, science is rarely “settled.” One more observation: the great mass of people are NOT stupid, despite the cluck-clucking of Madison’s progressive bien pensants.
• Any takers yet for that MASH unit full of beds Tony Evers built in the Alliant Energy Center? Empty, so far.
• That 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship dispatched to New York City? Treated all of 182 patients. Returned to its home port.
• Beds are empty. A ventilator shortage did not materialize,” Holmen W. Jenkins Jr. reports in the Wall Street Journal.
“Not even the U.K. Imperial College study [which predicted more than 2.2 million coronavirus deaths in the U.S.] that so alarmed the world’s policy makers recommended indiscriminate lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders.”
There’s far, far more young people who get cancer and will not be treated, because again, they will not go to the hospital to get treated because of Covid-19. — Stanford U. medical prof John Ioannidis
Experts versus The People
Final word to Jenkins in the Wall Street Journal:
Columbia University once found that [only] 20% of flu sufferers and 5% of cold sufferers bothered to see a doctor. This is why the Wuhan virus was destined to go world-wide even if China had been upfront or an American president had been clairvoyant. … Infectious respiratory diseases are a fact of nature. …
We decided that, whatever contributes to killing Americans … it shouldn’t be the coronavirus. Accidents, yes — 6% of deaths. Heart disease, yes —23%. Flu and pneumonia, yes — 20%. These deaths are allowed but not deaths from the coronavirus even at the cost of economic ruin for millions.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: There’s a reason why criminal court cases are tried by 12 men and women, good and true, and not “experts.” When you think about it.